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U.S. Travel Goods Sector Still Pushing for Expanded Duty-Free Treatment under GSP

31 March 2017

A group of 18 industry associations that includes, among others, the American Apparel and Footwear Association, the National Retail Federation, the Toy Industry Association and the U.S. Fashion Indust...Read More

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China - Update to the Industrial Standard for Children’s Leather Shoes

6 March 2017

Industrial standard QB/T 2880-2016 “Children’s leather shoes” was approved and issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China, and was implemented on 1...Read More

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Argentina Further Amends Content Declaration Requirements for Textiles, Apparel and Footwear

17 Feb 2017

The Argentinean government has amended through Resolution 70/2017 the recently revamped sworn statement of product composition (DJCP) requirements for domestically-produced and imported textiles, appa...Read More

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EU Hails OECD Support While Promoting Sustainable Trade in Shoes and Clothes

10 Feb 2017

On 6 December 2016, the EU and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) co-hosted a meeting in Phnom Penh addressing sustainability and the protection of human rights in the ga...Read More

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EU Importers Advance Attack on EU’s Re-imposition of Footwear Measures

13 Jan 2017

The never-ending dispute regarding the anti-dumping duties imposed on certain footwear originating in mainland China and Vietnam, already going on for more than a decade, remains unresolved. Between O...Read More

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Colombia Replaces Compound Tariff System for Apparel and Footwear with High Ad Valorem Rates

2 Dec 2016

The Colombian government has replaced the compound tariff system on apparel, footwear and textile made-ups that was successfully challenged by Panama at the WTO with ad valorem rates of (i) 40 percent...Read More

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The Footwear Saga Continues: EU Importers Challenge Recent Regulations Due to the EU’s Refusal to Repay Anti-dumping Duties

28 Oct 2016

EU importers have launched new legal challenges to the European Commission’s latest Regulations imposing anti-dumping duties on certain footwear originating in mainland China and Vietnam. They represe...Read More

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EU Extends Ecolabel for Furniture, Footwear and Computers

30 Sept 2016

On 4 August 2016, Commission Decision 2016/1332 was published in the EU’s Official Journal, extending the application of the Ecolabel to furniture including wooden furniture. On 9 August and 12 August...Read More

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USTR to Reconsider Duty-Free Treatment for Travel Goods from All GSP Beneficiaries

9 Sept 2016

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has initiated its annual review of the products and countries eligible for duty-free treatment under the Generalised System of Preferences and is accepting ...Read More

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European Commission Re-imposes Definitive Anti-dumping Duty on Shoes Originating in Mainland China

2 Sept 2016

On 18 August 2016, the European Commission adopted Implementing Regulation 2016/1395 (the Implementing Regulation), which re-imposes a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of certain footwear with ...Read More

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China - Update of the Industrial Standard for Leather Shoes

1 Sept 2016

Industrial standard QB/T 1002-2015 (Leather shoes) was approved and issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China, and was implemented on Mar. 1st, 20...Read More

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U.S. Reduces or Eliminates Tariffs on 201 IT Products, Provides Duty-Free Treatment to Travel Goods from Certain GSP Beneficiaries

15 July 2016

The United States on 1 July implemented the immediate or staged elimination of tariffs on a broad range of information and communications technology products, as required by the expanded Information T...Read More

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Congress Greenlights Provision on U.S.-Made Military Footwear

30 June 2016

The Senate recently passed a national defence appropriations bill (S. 2943) with a provision that would require the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps to provide U.S.-made athletic footwear direct...Read More

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TPP Expected to Have Modest Positive Impact on U.S. Economy; Could Displace Some Imports from Mainland China

3 June 2016

The U.S. International Trade Commission issued on 18 May its much-anticipated report on the likely impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on the U.S. economy as a whole as well as on specific industr...Read More

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New EU Regulation on “Personal Protective Equipment” Imposes Stringent Requirements on Manufacturers and Importers

29 April 2016

On 31 March 2016, the Official Journal published Regulation 2016/425 on personal protective equipment (PPE). The new Regulation will repeal the previous law, namely, Council Directive 89/686/EEC, once...Read More

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EU to Re-examine Anti-dumping Duties on Footwear

1 April 2016

On 17 March 2016, the European Commission issued a notice stating that it will examine market economy treatment as well as individual treatment claims filed by non-sampled exporting producers of certa...Read More

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USTR Moves Forward with Petitions to Add Travel Goods to GSP

4 Feb 2016

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has accepted for review 34 petitions to modify the list of products eligible for duty-free treatment under the Generalised System of Preferences. Of particu...Read More

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Colombia Extends Deadline to Comply with Amended Apparel and Footwear Labelling Requirements

4 Feb 2016

Colombia in September 2015 amended its labelling requirements for footwear, apparel of Chapters 61 and 62, leather apparel of heading 4203, and products of heading 4202 and Chapter 63....Read More

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Commission Weighs Issue of Anti-Dumping Tariffs on Chinese-Origin Shoes Ahead of Court Ruling on Clarks and Puma

29 Jan 2016

It has been reported that European trade officials are fearing the upcoming Court of Justice judgement on Clarks and Puma, which is expected in early February. The worry for them is that the Court may...Read More

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Turkey Criticised for Breaching Trade Principles, Imposing Unwarranted Tariffs on Footwear, Other Consumer Goods

29 Jan 2016

Hong Kong traders with export interests in Turkey may like to know that the EU published its eighteenth Progress Report on Turkey. The Report assesses Turkey’s progress in complying with the EU’s acce...Read More

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